Kieswetter adds gloss to whitewash
Craig Kieswetter’s first England century set up an emphatic victory over Bangladesh in the third one-day international at Chittagong, completing a 3-0 whitewash.
After England were put in at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Kieswetter began brightly but knuckled down in the middle overs before upping the ante to make 107 from 123 balls, featuring nine fours and three sixes.
The 22-year-old right-handed opener’s acceleration peaked during a pivotal batting powerplay that allowed the tourists to add as many runs as he scored in their last 10 overs.
This proved the difference between the sides with England ending up victors by 45 runs.
Kieswetter, who was a late inclusion in the one-day squad after he qualified for England last month, delivered on the promise he showed for England Lions and in the opening tour match in Bangladesh.
He enjoyed fruitful partnerships with Alastair Cook, Paul Collingwood and Tuesday’s maiden centurion Eoin Morgan – before Luke Wright made an important late contribution to post 284 for five.
Bangladesh’s quintet of spinners again posed serious questions of England but, as a batting unit, the tourists came through with flying colours.
In stark contrast, the Tigers’s batsmen continued to show their inexperience, with the entire middle order falling when set.
Tim Bresnan, who claimed 4-28 from nine overs, and Graeme Swann, who ended with 2-38 from 10, were England’s standout bowlers.
Also of note, ODI debutant Ajmal Shahzad struck in the first over of an innings, as he did on his Twenty20 bow last month.
Shahzad and Liam Plunkett, playing his first international since July 2007, replaced injured paceman Stuart Broad and off-spinner James Tredwell.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, were unchanged from Tuesday’s two-wicket defeat at Mirpur.
Alastair Cook and Kieswetter began England’s innings confidently, despite having to face spin as early as the fourth over.
Cook was dropped behind off Shakib Al Hasan, just after Bangladesh opted to immediately enforce the bowling powerplay, but it was not costly as he perished to the same bowler for 32 when wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim clung on to another opportunity.
Kevin Pietersen asserted his authority by lifting Suhrawardi Shuvo over deep square-leg for six, but was unlucky to be adjudged lbw to Abdur Razzak for 22 due to his large stride.
His downfall came as the Tigers raced economically through the middle overs, which saw Kieswetter’s half-century arrive from 80 balls.
Kieswetter then showed his class with a magnificent six over wide long-on.
However, Collingwood found scoring more difficult and holed out off Shuvo, attempting the same shot, to perish for 36 in an alliance of 74.
England took the batting powerplay after 41 overs and, although Morgan was dropped twice by Mahmudullah off Shakib, they prospered to the tune of 55 for no loss – including two maximums to Kieswetter and one to Morgan.
Soon after, Kieswetter was bowled, playing back to Razzak, and Morgan chipped Shafiul Islam tamely to cover on 36.
However, Wright blasted 32 from 13 balls, finishing the innings with a straight six off the hapless Rubel Hossain.
Bangladesh’s reply began badly when Tamim Iqbal slashed Shahzad to Bresnan, who took a neat catch at third man to silence the boisterous crowd.
Imrul Kayes and Aftab Ahmed mounted a recovery but Bresnan had the former caught behind, playing at a wide delivery, for 17.
Cook immediately took the bowling powerplay and Shahzad almost added another, but could not hold a tough caught and bowled chance off Aftab on 26.
Aftab and Mushfiqur rebuilt with a 55-ball half-century alliance, but Aftab’s crazy single to Cook at point saw him easily run out for 46.
Mushfiqur followed to Swann for 40, Bresnan holding a fine catch at deep midwicket, just as Bangladesh threatened again.
Pietersen, himself victim of a dubious lbw decision, gained some redemption when he trapped Shakib in front for 38 with an off-break that was missing off-stump.
Naeem Islam and Mahmudullah then scored inexplicably slowly before the former holed out off the impressive Swann to Wright at long-off.
With the required run-rate rocketing, Mahmudullah located Cook at midwicket off Bresnan.
Bresnan also snapped up Shuvo and Shafiul as the hosts finished nine down.
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